Uriah W. Rinzel is a DMA – Composition student at TCU studying under Blaise Ferrandino, Martin Blessinger, and Neil Anderson-Himmelspach. He holds an MM – Composition from SMU where he studied under Kevin Hanlon and Robert Frank, and also an MM – Theory Pedagogy from SMU under David Mancini. He holds a BM – Theory and Composition from Dallas Baptist University where he studied composition under Michael Cox and theory under Barbara Wallace. Rinzel’s style is varied and includes classical and rock influences. He has worked as a recording engineer, guitarist and arranger for live events and recording sessions. He was commissioned by violist Nadia Sirota and SYZYGY (directed by Matt Albert) to compose a new piece for viola and amplified chamber ensemble. Orca was premiered at SMU in concert and the group made a studio recording. “Orca” was among the finalists for the ASCAP Morton Gould in 2014. “Snip,” an electroacoustic work was performed at the 2017 Region VI SCI conference in Arlington, TX. Rinzel’s works include an oratorio, a wind symphony, a symphonic poem, a piano concerto, and a rock album. He taught theory at Austin College and SMU, and currently teaches composition, songwriting, and theory at DBU.

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Violist Nadia Sirota presented a seminar to a group of composers on extended techniques for viola and collaborating with violists. She also brought her ensemble, yMusic, who performed readings and workshops with the composers and songwriters as well as their performances. Meadow’s new music ensemble, then directed by Matt Albert (formerly of Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird), then set up a joint commission contest with Nadia to come back the following semester to both present a concert of newly composed music and to make a studio recording of these works, and Orca is the result of this commission. Scored for viola soloist, cello, piano, vibes, and electric guitar, Orca is a high-energy rock-inspired piece that blends contemporary classical and rock music. In live performance, all instruments are amplified for a focused, aggressive timbre and an exciting experience. The orca whale is both terrifying and elegant. In the opening section, you will hear minimalist techniques as a process of additive textures and stretching harmonies is employed over an asymmetric groove set into an electric guitar loop. The aggressive sounds lead and the classical instruments are welcomed into the sound world of the electric guitar, encouraged through extended techniques such as overpressure to mimic the sound of guitar distortion. In the middle section, the guitar blends with the ensemble in more traditional ways, highlighting the beauty of the creature. This recording was from the piece’s premiere at SYZYGY’s concert featuring violist Nadia Sirota as the soloist. It was among the finalists for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award. Uriah W. Rinzel - composer Nadia Sirota - amplified viola Derrick Horne - electric guitar Elizabeth White - amplified cello Daniel Medina - amplified vibraphone Yumi Palleschi - amplified piano Andrew Corbitt - front of house engineer

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Juan Chaves conducted the TCU Orchestra in a reading in April, 2017.